Grant Details

Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services Through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation's Health (Part A): Governmental Public Health Departments - FY 2024

Agency: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
CFDA: 93.421
Federal FON: CDC-RFA-PW-24-0080
Office: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
Multipart Grant: Yes
Next Due: 04/01/2024 (Application)
Solicitation Date: 01/31/2024
Match Required: Recommended
Match Type: Unspecified
Actual Funds: $62,000,000 (Estimated)
Award Range: $500,000 (Min)
Number of Awards: 6 (Estimated)

The purpose of this program is to provide capacity-building assistance (CBA) to improve the overall performance of the public health system. The program is intended to improve organizational and systems infrastructure and performance across the public health system to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequities. The program will support organizations with demonstrated capability, expertise, resources, national reach, and a track record of providing CBA, which for the purposes of this program is defined as the activities that strengthen and maintain the necessary structures, systems, processes, and competencies to more effectively and efficiently operate and sustain programs or ensure organizational strength.

Ultimately, the program is intended to address health challenges, such as underfunding, fragmented programs, workforce declines, health disparities and inequities, and emerging health threats that strain public health systems' capacity, resources, and impact.

CBAs are expected to be delivered through technical assistance, training, information sharing, technology transfer, or materials development. Award recipients are expected to provide CBA in the following areas:

  • Organizational capacity and performance improvement
  • Workforce
  • Data modernization, informatics, and information technology
  • Partnership development and engagement
  • Policy and programs

Projects are expected to result in the following outcomes:

  • Increased availability of and access to CBA services and products that address strategic areas
  • Increased awareness of best/promising practices and/or tools by populations of focus of CBA services and products
  • Increased use of CBA services and products by populations of focus
  • Increased awareness and understanding of recommended processes, policies, programs, and practices within the strategic areas
  • Enhanced skill and ability to support decision-making toward applying recommended processes, policies, programs, and practices within strategic areas
  • Increased implementation and sharing of recommended processes, policies, programs, and practices within strategic areas

Examples of CBA activities that may be provided by award recipients include:

  • Organizational capacity and performance improvement: activities to improve and strengthen capacities that are needed for stronger agency infrastructure and to support basic public health protections
  • Workforce: activities to develop and maintain a diverse workforce within the public health system with cross-cutting skills and competencies
  • Data modernization, informatics, and information technology: activities to develop and deploy scalable, responsive, and sustainable technologies, policies, and methods to implement high-quality data and analytical capabilities to support essential public health services (EPHS)
  • Partnership development and engagement: activities to improve development and maintenance of results-driven partnerships at various levels
  • Policy and programs: activities to develop, improve, and use evidence-based and promising practices in policies, processes, and programs aimed at improving the health of the community, addressing disparities, and increasing equity

Refer to pages 6-9 of the NOFA file for additional information regarding eligible project strategies and expected outcomes.

Preference will be given to organizations that demonstrate national scope.

Funding will be provided for the following program components:

  • (Part A): Governmental Public Health Departments
  • (Part B): Workforce Segments in Governmental Public Health Departments
  • (Part C): Public Health System Components

The purpose of the Governmental Public Health Departments component is to support the provision of organizational-level CBA to governmental public health departments, including state, tribal, local, or territorial health departments, as well as subsets of such departments that are geographic in nature. Organizational-level CBA includes business processes, system designs, strategic planning, resource management, agency leadership, and governance.

Funds may be used for salaries and wages, fringe benefits, consultant costs, equipment and supplies, travel, contractual costs, other direct costs, and indirect costs.

Last Updated: March 28, 2024

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are:

  • State governments
  • County, city, and special district governments
  • Public, state-controlled, and private institutions of higher education
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments
  • Native American tribal organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations with or without 501(c)(3) status
  • Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(6) status

Applicants must provide evidence of having a public health charge or mission. For the purposes of this program, a public health charge or mission is a statement of an entity's organized efforts to promote and protect the health of people and the communities where they learn, live, play, and work. Evidence of a public health charge or mission should be reflected in official documentation such as the applicant's articles of incorporation, bylaws, signed board resolutions, or mission statement.

Applicants must have the knowledge, experience, expertise, and national reach necessary to provide services effectively and efficiently to governmental health departments, their workforce, and components of the public health system. All applicants must meet the requirements detailed on pages 14-15 of the NOFA file to be eligible.

Award recipients will collaborate with other funding agency projects, funding agency-funded organizations, and other entities, as detailed on pages 9-10 of the NOFA file.

Projects through this component must meet the priority organizational-level capacity-building assistance (CBA) needs of one of the following health department types: state, tribal, local, or territorial, including subsets of these entity types that are geographic in nature.

Preference will be given to organizations that demonstrate national scope.

Applicants may submit up to two standalone applications for this component or this program overall. Each application must identify one component and one population of focus within that component. If two applications are submitted, each application must identify a distinct component and population of focus.

The direct and primary recipient of each award must perform a substantial role in carrying our projects, and may not merely serve as a conduit for funding to another party or provider that is ineligible to apply.

For-profit and small business organizations are not eligible to apply.

Eligible Applicants:
Local Government
Academic Institutions
Native American Tribe
Non Profits
State Government
Tribal Organizations/Institutions
Application Notes:

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 1, 2024.

Applications must be submitted online at

Applications must include:

  • SF 424
  • SF 424A
  • SF LLL
  • Table of contents
  • Project abstract summary
  • Project narrative and work plan (20 pages max)
  • Budget narrative
  • Data management plan (if applicable)
  • Additional attachments (as applicable):
    • Resumes/CVs
    • Position descriptions
    • Letters of support
    • Organizational charts
    • Indirect cost rate (if applicable)
    • Bonda fide status documentation (if applicable)
    • Nonprofit status verification (if applicable)
    • Staffing plans
    • Bylaws or signed board resolutions
    • Proof of national scope of work
    • Proof of public health charge or mission

Project narratives must be formatted on single-spaced, numbered pages with one-inch margins using a 12-point font. Attachments may be submitted in Word, Excel, or .pdf format.

The following are required in order to submit an application:

  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number
  • SAM (System for Award Management) registration
  • SPOC (state Single Point of Contact) notification

Applicants may obtain a UEI number and verify or renew SAM registration status at Applicants in states participating in the SPOC program must contact the relevant SPOC listed in the SPOC file before applying.

Optional but strongly encouraged letters of intent (LOIs) must be emailed to the appropriate addresses provided in the Contact section by March 13, 2024.

The recording of a conference call held for this program can be found online at

Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Approach (25 points)
  • Evaluation and performance measurement (25 points)
  • Applicant's organizational capacity to implement the approach (50 points)

Refer to the NOFA file for additional application information.

Match Required: Recommended
Match Type: Unspecified
Actual Funds: $62,000,000 (Estimated)
Award Range: $500,000 (Min)
Number of Awards: 6 (Estimated)
Match Notes:

Matching funds are not required for this program; however, leveraging other resources and related ongoing efforts to promote project sustainability is strongly encouraged.

Funding Notes:

An estimated $62 million is expected to be available through this program overall, with an unspecified amount available to support an estimated six cooperative agreements of at least $500,000 per budget period through this component. The average award per budget period is expected to be $500,000. A total of $12.4 million is expected to be available through this program overall for fiscal year 2024.

This program utilizes the U38 award mechanism.

This program has two funding strategies. The funding amounts provided for the current fiscal year represent approximate funding for funding strategy 1; however, additional funding from other funding agency centers, institutes, and offices may be available under funding strategy 2, as detailed on page 12 of the NOFA file.

For funding strategy 1, award notifications will be issued by August 2024. For funding strategy 2, if applicable, award notifications will be issued by mid- to late September 2024.

Project periods will span five years, consisting of five 12-month budget periods. Project periods are expected to begin on August 1, 2024. Continuation funding beyond the first year is contingent upon funding availability, project performance, and the determination that continued funding is in the best interest of the federal government.

Generally, funds may not be used for the purchase of furniture or equipment. Any such costs must be clearly identified in budgets.

Other than for normal and recognized executive-legislative relationships, funds may not be used for:

  • Publicity or propaganda purposes for the preparation, distribution, or use of any material designed to support or defeat the enactment of legislation before any legislative body
  • The salary or expenses of any award or contract recipient, or agent acting for such recipient, related to any activity designed to influence the enactment of legislation, appropriations, regulation, administrative action, or executive order proposed or pending before any legislative body

Funds may not be used for:

  • Duplication of efforts and budgetary overlaps
  • Research
  • Clinical care, except as allowed by law
  • Pre-award costs, except with prior funding agency approval
  • Projects where the primary activity is planning and implementation of a conference or meeting
  • Advising or supporting federal advisory committees or other inherently federal activities
  • Hiring staff and placing them at a federal agency to perform work on behalf of that agency
  • Acquiring goods or services to benefit the funding agency or its mission

Primary Contact:

Caroline Sulal
Project Officer

Financial, Awards Management, and Budget Assistance Contact:

Erica Stewart
Grants Management Specialist

Agency Address
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30329

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to the appropriate program contact.

Applications must be submitted online at

Optional letters of intent (LOIs) must be emailed to with a copy to

The agency address provided is for reference purposes only.

NOFA File: US17232A_NOFA_FY2024.pdf (354.0 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US17232A_FAQ_FY2024.pdf (214.0 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US17232A_PopulationOfFocus_FY2024.pdf (135.4 Kb)
Federal Forms:
SPOC (195.6 Kb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains the full solicitation for this program. The FAQ file contains a list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program overall. The PopulationOfFocus file contains general information regarding the populations of focus for this program overall. The SPOC file contains information on the state Single Point of Contact program.

March 28, 2024
A recording of a conference call for this program has been released, and a link to the presentation is available in the Application section. In addition, general information regarding the populations of focus for this program overall, and a list of answers to frequently asked questions regarding this program have been released and attached as the PopulationOfFocus and FAQ files, respectively. The Eligibility section has been updated accordingly.

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Grant Categories
Training & Vocational Services
Health, Prevention/Treatment
Information Technology/Telecommunications
Human Services